The IAF C-130 J Aircraft, a variant of the Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules, is a notable four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft. It has been recently highlighted for its historic night landing at the Kargil airstrip on January 7, 2024. This event was significant as it demonstrated the Indian Air Force’s operational capabilities in challenging environments, particularly at an altitude exceeding 8,800 feet. The aircraft, introduced in 1999 and developed from the Lockheed C-130 Hercules, is known for its improved performance, including a 40% greater range, 21% higher maximum speed, and a 41% shorter takeoff distance compared to its predecessors. The C-130J has been adopted by 26 operators in 22 countries globally, with the Indian Air Force purchasing six C-130J-30s for its special operations forces, with an option for six additional aircraft.